The online bio for Carley Gordon of Channel 4 News in Nashville says the Arkansas native is not afraid of "dirt, sweat or hard work, especially if it means getting a good story." That's a respectable creed for a newshound indeed.
Still, a "fish out of water" segment Gordon recently appeared in captured the reporter's squeamish side when she got beat down by a rather large fish.
On Oct. 4, Gordon was on a small boat at the Cheatham Reservoir with officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Gordon was reportedly there to report about the invasive nature of the Asian carp, which have infiltrated the reservoir's waters.
The species, which is not native to the U.S., can jump up to 10 feet in the air and can grow to a massive 100 pounds. According to the EPA, boaters are often injured by run-ins with the fish, which have caused “cuts from fins, black eyes, broken bones, back injuries, and concussions.”
During the filming of the segment, Gordon held up a 12-pound carp for the camera. She was about to offer a description of the gill-bearing creature when she discovered that, some days, fish just don't behave.
The acrobatic fish squirmed its way out of Gordon's hands, fell to the floor of the boat, and flopped around on deck.
The intrepid reporter backed up, and suddenly fell into one of the wildlife officials accompanying her. The pair tumbled backward and Gordon's skirt slid up, leaving her in a somewhat unflattering position (Note to Gordon: a skirt is a no-no on a boat).
After a slight attempt to regain her composure, Gordon ran to the vessel's stern, where she teetered on the edge while a wildlife official regained control of the now bruised and bloodied sea creature.
Gordon did not make any Freudian slips during her fishy snafu (even though her slip was clearly showing) and kept her sense of humor throughout the ordeal.
"Oh my God, I almost jumped out of the boat," Gordon said.
Gordon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post. A clip of the incident posted on YouTube last week has already garnered more than 15,000 page views, proving even the fishiest of stories can go viral.